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Head, News and Media Unit


Grade: P5 

Vacancy no.: RAPS/2/2022/DCOMM/01
Publication date: 31 August 2022
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 3 October 2022


Job ID: 9262 
Department: DCOMM 
Organization Unit: NEWS 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply.


Applications from officials who have reached their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


The ILO welcomes applicants with experience in working within ILO constituents (governments, employers’ and business membership organizations, and workers’ organizations).


Applicants from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here:


In addition to the interviews and tests that any candidate may be required to take, successful completion of the ILO Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates and any internal candidate applying to a higher category.


Notwithstanding the general considerations set out in the ILO Staff Regulations, this vacancy announcement is the only authoritative document pertaining to the qualifications required for this position. The minimum required qualifications were determined in view of the specific duties and responsibilities of this position.


The specific language requirements for this position are detailed hereunder. However, candidates applying for the professional category vacancies who have not already successfully completed their probationary period within the ILO and whose mother tongue is not one of the working languages of the Office (English, French and Spanish), shall be required to possess a fully satisfactory working knowledge of at least one of the ILO working languages. If appointed they may be required to acquire a knowledge of a second working language of the Office during their initial years of service.


This position heads the News and Media (NEWS) Unit within the Department of Communication and Public Information (DCOMM). DCOMM works with all ILO headquarters’ departments and field offices to deliver the global communication strategy and is responsible for ensuring a common approach to ILO communication. This means creating engaging content, managing dissemination processes and platforms, as well as offering the services and training needed to ensure that ILO communication is consistent in message, look and practice at the global, regional and local levels.  
The primary role of the NEWS Unit is to produce news and multimedia content and to handle media relations at the global level. The Unit works with headquarters’ departments and field offices to produce press releases, news items, multimedia stories, podcasts and blogs. It also manages the ILO photo and multimedia databases, and commissions and processes photos and videos from the field. The Unit is responsible for handling ILO media relations at the global level including organizing report launches and press conferences, collaborating with and advising departments and field offices in this area, and proactively reaching out to journalists to expand the ILO’s media outreach. It provides support to the Director-General on the drafting of statements, speeches, interview requests and talking points. The Unit also produces an internal daily digest of world of work news and ILO stories in the news.
The position reports to the Director of DCOMM. 

Specific Duties

1.Develop and implement a proactive media relations strategy to enhance the ILO’s media footprint and expand its journalist database, using every opportunity in the global news agenda to promote the ILO’s voice. Liaise, guide and work with the regions in this global effort.
2.Develop and implement a news output strategy to ensure that ILO news and press releases are produced in a constant, timely and strategic manner, considering the opportunities in the ILO global calendar and global news agenda.
3.Lead on the production, commissioning and editing of multimedia stories, blogs, podcasts, videos and photos for use on the ILO’s digital platforms, including, ILO Voices, ILO LIVE and social media.
4.Act as the overall editor for the ILO World of Work show and the rolling video content of ILO LIVE.
5.Build and maintain networks of high-level communications contacts with broadcast, print and online media, press, governmental press agencies, international institutions and other groups and organizations in civil society (non-governmental organizations).
6.Ensure that the ILO’s multimedia database is kept up to date with photos and videos that are properly indexed and tagged. Commission videos and photos as necessary from external collaborators and the regions.
7.Act as the focal point in DCOMM with the Office of the Director-General for the production and/or editing of speeches, talking points and statements for the Director-General.
8.Oversee the production of the daily brief on world of work and ILO news ensuring that content comes from all regions.
9.In coordination with the Strategic Communications Unit, organize DCOMM Labs on issues that fall under the Unit’s responsibility.
10.Manage the Unit's staff and projects effectively in order to maximize available resources.
11.As a member of DCOMM's management team, share responsibility for the delivery of the communications strategy and the management of the department, and provide support and advice to other units within and outside of DCOMM on communications and dissemination-related matters.
12.Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

These specific duties are aligned with the relevant ILO generic job description, which includes the following generic duties:

Generic Duties

  1. Plan, direct and coordinate information work programmes. Analyze issues for their information potential and propose plans, budget and methods for handling the information dimension of the organization’s activities.
  2. Organize and supervise the work of staff in the section.
  3. Advise managers and departmental heads on the information activities and projects in which media relations can play an important role.
  4. Monitor information and services provided to media representatives so as to obtain their cooperation in promoting an accurate image of the organization and its programmes with the general and special publics.
  5. Assess the effectiveness of the organization’s media relations activity in terms of the public response to the organization’s work programme, activities and projects. Identify and evaluate the need for change in the information techniques used.
  6. Write and edit briefing materials, speeches, background papers, etc. for use by senior management. Organize and direct press conferences called by senior management.
  7. Plan and conduct the promotion of special events, and represent the department and the organization in relevant meetings and conferences to enlist aid and support.
  8. Plan and oversee editorial production, review manuscripts for the organization’s public information and communication adherence to objectives and standards.
  9. Represent the department and the organization at various international meetings.
  10. Serve as focal point for relations with, and support to, departments and programmes on communication and public information strategies and information dissemination.


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Required qualifications


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in communications, journalism, international relations, liberal arts or other relevant field.  A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required ten years of experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least ten years of experience, including at the international level in public information or related fields of work.


Excellent command of two official languages (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization. One of these languages must be English.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical competencies

Excellent leadership skills. Proven ability in the management of staff and proven interpersonal skills. Ability to provide authoritative advice. Proven ability to manage and coordinate public information activities. Demonstrated ability to develop world-wide media relations and mastery of promotion and publicity techniques. Knowledge of the world news agenda and proven news judgment at senior level. Sound analytical ability in a news context and ability to identify story angles and opportunities for insertion of ILO content into story arcs. Ability to think creatively and develop news narratives, from factual account to analysis of long-term implications of events that add a distinctive ILO contribution to the public debate. Proven editorial and writing skills of the highest level; thorough familiarity with the principles of accuracy and objectivity. Strong awareness of the challenges posed by the fast-changing global media and understanding of the importance of making full use of digital and other platforms as well as traditional ones. Knowledge of industry standards and good practice on issues of taste and decency, privacy, use of user-generated content, and the likes. 

Behavioural Competencies

Strong diplomatic skills, political judgment and negotiation skills to handle difficult situations. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.




Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
  • A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
  • Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

For more information on conditions of employment, please visit the ILO Jobs International Recruitment page.


Important Information

Any officials of the General Service category interested in applying to this position are hereby informed that, if selected, they will be offered the salary and allowances applicable to the grade of the position applied for, which may result in substantial changes in their take-home remuneration. In accordance with Article 3.4 of the Staff Regulations, the salary of an official, upon promotion, shall in no case be greater than the maximum salary of the grade to which he or she was promoted. For any questions or clarifications, please contact your HR partner at


Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


The ILO has zero tolerance for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and is determined to ensure that all staff members and all beneficiaries of ILO assistance do not suffer, directly or indirectly, from sexual exploitation and abuse. 
To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organisation, the ILO may conduct a background verification of candidates under consideration.


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